SANS SERIF: Tip of the Spear

  If magic were real, what you could do with it would be beyond belief, limited only by your imagination. You would be all-powerful. But what if you could use it to alter the geo-political landscape? What if you could topple governments and regimes and assassinate heads of state with it? What if you could spread propaganda and disinformation more effectively with...

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SANS SERIF: Halcyon Thunder

A fascinating thing happened within the collector’s market this weekend: an auction closed on eBay on Sunday, August 24th for a CGC-graded, 9.0 copy of ACTION COMICS #1, featuring the first appearance of the iconic character of Superman. No one back in 1938, when this book was published, knew just how popular and recognizable this character would become in the over...

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SANS SERIF: It’s A Brand New World

So here is the first of what will be many of my most pertinant thoughts regarding the comic industry and how I fit in it. It’s cathartic, really. The more I voice my opinions, seasoning the facts with my own flavor, such as it is, I find that I have a clearer perspective on things. Case in point: This is my fiftieth year on this earth. 50 is supposed to be a significant...

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Tales from the East with Shawnti Therrien

Welcome to my lair my little lost darlings. It has been a long time since I had started to collect the many varied tales of the East and I remember a time when I was lucky to find only one or two books tucked neatly in a corner back behind the independent comics of the time. I have seen their rise to fame and popularity, maneuvering through the many titles to cull the...

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A Storyteller’s Journey

I am first and foremost a storyteller. Always. As a child, I was inspired by the rebroadcasting of radio programs from the medium’s golden age to create my own shows. Hours at a time were spent recording audio adventures utilizing comic books as my scripts, affecting different voices, and orchestrating background music with an extensive collection of vintage vinyl...

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Sources of Reference

Everyone who endeavors to work in the field of illustrative or storytelling art reaches a point where one obsesses over what are the best tools to use in the application of their art. I remember vividly thinking that I’d found the secret to success when I discovered the Rapidograph. Then it was the design marker. Then the Windsor-Newton sable haired brush. Then it...

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Ultimate vindication, and the Digital Space

It’s been a while, filled with new publications, new terms (Day and Date Digital) and new company titles. We’ve come a long way in the past year with an incredibly successful debut at New York Comic Con. A few bumps here and there, an agreement to co-exist (Thank you, Jason Goodman), and a wonderful new affirmation that we’ve been onto something all...

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An Omnicom for Eisner

So there’s this debate happening in the comics industry centered around whether to go with digital presentation or remain dead tree editions. The whole term “dead tree” edition as a catch phrase is getting quite old, and it was meant to signify that on-line comics were soon to supplant printed editions. Since on-line comics have been around a decade, I guess they haven’t...

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Why Atlas Unleashed?

I’ve gotten that question more than any other. See Bob Sodaro, Ed Traquino, Shawnti Therrien and our very own prince of business Ed Pereira and I have all worked together before. What made us want to start all over again? It’s really all in the definition… it’s as though someone put a 1080p Blu-Ray disc in front of you when you were watching the Apollo moon-landing on an...

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